Published by Abingdon Press on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Christmas, Non Fiction
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In the bustle of the Christmas season, it can be easy to get swept up in all of the things to do. But it's important to pause and remember that our priority should be to spend time celebrating Christ's birth and not forget to invite Jesus to his own party.
Christmas is far more than a celebration of an event from long ago or a modern holiday centered around shopping. Mindfully take time to listen to how God continues to speak through the Christmas story as the Gospel narratives centered around the birth of Jesus provide encouragement and revelation concerning the love of God and his wisdom for us today.
In Total Christmas Makeover, author and Bible teacher Melissa Spoelstra provides a practical approach for you and your family to turn your attention toward God's grace day-by-day as you prepare for Christmas. This 31-day devotional presents key scriptures, ideas to implement with each reading, and questions for reflection to guide you in rediscovering rituals, relationship, and rest to connect you more deeply with Christ this holiday season.
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Do you go through Christmas every year wishing you had stopped to take in all of the great things of the season? How about coming to Christmas Day tired and forgetting what the holiday is all about? In Total Christmas Makeover: 31 Devotions to Celebrate with Purpose by Melissa Spoelstra we get 31 daily devotions to help us focus on Christ’s birth.
With the premise of the devotional focused around the concept of a birthday party. The author poses the situation where Christmas is Jesus’ birthday, yet many times we forget to invite Him to his own party.
The devotions are only a couple pages long. There are some Scripture verses and then a section from the author. This is where the author shares the main lesson for the day. Then there is a prayer, followed by an action that you can take.
If you have gone through a number of devotional/advent books with action items, some of these will likely be familiar. That said, I liked the variety of actions suggested. I didn’t feel like they kept having me do the same thing where I would get board after a couple, but were ones I could enjoy doing.
Overall this was a nice devotional. If you are looking for a deep devotional where you are studying Bible verses or really getting a lot out of a daily Bible reading, this most likely isn’t for you. However, if you are looking for a devotional for the Christmas season to help you stay focused and not get lost in the holidays, you may want to check this devotional out.